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Thursday, 31 December 2009

Arelean Brown / Updates / End of Year (pt. 2)

The most expensive Christmas present I bought this year was selfishly for myself. In fairness, no one really wanted anything and I still owe my brother something - which will be combined with a house warming present. Presents aren't all about cost anyway. The best things are thoughtful or handmade, right?
The expensive item I bought was the 'Light: on the South Side' compilation on Numero Group. It's a bit mental. The near 2" spine is just as close to 1" so don't let them fool you with that statement, either way, it's a hefty package. The box and the book are really well put together, heavy duty stuff. However, I was disappointed with the pressing of the LPs. Crackles and pops all over the place on mine and sometimes the needle can't find the right groove at the start, as a result the first 20 seconds of this song sometimes sounds like a 128kbps stream.
Anyway, this is my New Year song - even though it's sung from a woman's point of view, I just can't help but sing along.

Arelean was around 50 when she sung this track and on harmonica it features the proficient playing of Little Mack Simmons.

Arelean Brown - I'm a Streaker

Hope you all had a good Christmas and a happy New Year.

On Christmas Day Vic Chesnutt ended his life. Any donations to the family can be given here.

Yesterday morning (30th), guitarist for Boys Next Door and The Birthday Party, Rowland S. Howard, passed away at the age of 50.

Troglosound has released the latest Jooklo instalment: Neokarma Jooklo Trio - Evo Magico

Ammagar: Nocillo Furioso - From Ash, Walnuts Story (dvd + half litre of homemade walnut liqueur)

Digitalis Ltd: Eagle Altar / Bugskull - split (probable re-print, Boomkat ordered a bunch though)
Andrew Coltrane - Conflict
Ophibre - Basil forests
America Reads - Towers open fire
Niggas with Guitars - Continent gods
Knit Prism - Perception
V/A - Air rings vol. 1
Emuul - Egeiro

Time Lag (Red Records: Visitations - s/t (2LP)

Gift Tapes (pre-orders): Brother Raven - ITCZ
Father Sound / Harpoon Pole Vault - Split
Golden Retriever - Static Ram

Dream Root Recordings: America Reads - New Age Dropout
Derek Rogers / Slaughtering Dolphins - Split
Al Qaeda - I Don't Even Know What I'm Fighting For

Cloud Valley (Email): Cloud Valley - Softlight Reveries
Cloud Valley - Climax One
Pine Smoke Lodge - Eta Carinae

Christina Carter (Email): Charalambides - Tree-Lane Blacktop (bootleg LP)

Ekhein (Email): Sean McCann - Lower Decks
Mirror to Mirror - Heart
Infinite Body
(Mirror to Mirror & Earn collaboration) - 1958-2009 II

Reverb Worship: Mark Bradley - His Masters Voice

Ini.itu: Francisco López - Untitled #228

End of Year:

One of the last posts said the next post would probably take a while, allowing me some time to think about an end of year list. I haven't given it much thought at all. I'm still waiting to hear five or six releases (eg. Troglosound releases, Peasant Magik box) and a busted turntable has left me unable to spin the latest Zelienople record, ARGH.


10. Nancy Elizabeth - Wrought Iron
9. Rameses III - I could not love you more
8. Caboladies - Atomic Weekender
7. North Sea - Total Football
6. Cursillistas / White Light - Travel Light
5. Natural Snow Buildings - Daughter of Darkness
4. Haruko - Wild Geese
3. KGB Man / Oneohtrix Point Never - KGB Nights / Blue Drive
2. Black Eagle Child & Goodwillies - Bamboo Airship
1. Twinsistermoon - The Hollow Mountain


5. Expo 70 - Ostara
4. Olafur Arnalds - Found Songs
3. Golden Jooklo Age - Ritual
2. Beggin' Your Pardon Miss Joan - Avon
1. Richard Moult - Suite for Titouan


3. Boduf Songs - On the brink of all we hate
2. Clothide / Delphine - Split
1. Andrew Jackson Jihad / Cobra Skulls - Under the Influence

Re-Issues / Compilations

5. Open Strings: 1920's Middle Eastern Recordings - New Responses
4. Sveriges Kommuner & Landsting - s/t
3. MV & EE - Road Trips
2. Abner Jay - The Story of...
1. Dave Bixby - Ode to Quetzalcoatl

Some really good music this year, let's hope for more of the same in the one-der years (thanks Aussies for that one).


Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Michael Hurley & Betsy Nichols - River in the Rain (Mississippi)

I couldn't resist leaving one last record before Christmas.
This is one of the most recent Mississippi Records releases. A four track 7" recorded between Michael Hurley and Betsy Nichols. Can't find any more copies of this anywhere - Dusty Groove are all out, as are Honest Jons.

Michael Hurley & Betsy Nichols - River In The Rain

(images thanks to Bryan Sinclair's discography site)

Really nice folk duets starting with a minute long a capella of 'Jocko's Lament'.

Michael Hurley's LPs are still available from Honest Jons, Norman Records, Aquarius Records and Volcanic Tongue - no doubt elsewhere.
Not 100% on this one, but let me believe that it is the same Betsy Nichols that can occasionally be heard on the excellent WFMU.

With only four tracks to sort out I have taken the effort to split them into separate files, all at the usual 320kbps mp3.

A1. Jocko's Lament
A2. River In The Rain

B1. Don't Let Me Down
B2. Knockando


Have a Merry Christmas (or whatever else you may be celebrating)

I'll be back between Christmas and New Year to put something else up, finally get around to the bulk email writing (really sorry about that) and try to conjure up some kind of end of year list. Maybe. Seen so many posts the last few days containing nothing but albums I hadn't even known about so feel there will be some catching up to do in 2010.

Be sure to check out the records below as well.

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Antony Milton - Summit Is Fragile / Endless Endless Endless - Black Talisman

RATM get no.1 in the UK Christmas charts!*

This is probably going to be the last album post before Christmas - although I will attempt to get up a couple of songs during the week, maybe a compilation? - and allows time to think about an end of year list.

Not seen many updates since the last post but I've gathered together a couple of things at the bottom.

Still looking for any Kapingbdi releases if anyone can help?

Antony Milton - Summit Is Fragile

In the early Spring of 2007 I managed to escape the city for a week in Arthurs P in the Southern Alps of the South Island of New Zealand. I took with me a banjo, an ebow and some effects pedals, and a loop station pedal and cette walkman with which to record.

The plains were foggy on the drive up toward the mountains but it was sunny in the high reaches as we arrived at the small cabin we had rented. That evening it snowed and we actually saw very little sun for the rest of our time there. This didn't stop us exploring mossy valleys or clambering up small mountains but did make the time spent by the fire in the evenings all the more appealing.

'Summit is Fragile' is a collection of tone poems, field recordings, song sketches, ecstatic drone pieces and gestural constructions stitched together with short banjo ragas composed over this period. A rendering of the feelings of a place in time that now seems more an impossible dream than a reality. I consider it one of my very best works to date.

This was released in New Zealand last December (2008) on 12" lathes, limited to 40 copies on Antony's own PseudoArcana label. It sold out in a couple of weeks and wasn't available from any distros. I seem to remember he, Antony, mentioned a possible re-release this year but I've not spotted news since.
Sadly a lot of PseudoArcana releases have been caught up in a house fire but there is a $5 charity (San Miguel del Bala Community Trust) download on his website of a recording he made on his travels in South America this year.

A1. Otira
A2. The Cloud Has Been Lain Low
A3. Heath
A4. Mountains
A5. 10pm
A6. Fell With Rain
A7. Dreaming Of Ghosts

B1. Black Tea
B2. Rain And The Rain
B3. Stars Crowd The Gap
B4. Turpentine Bush
B5. Walk To The Pass
B6. A Small House Of Tin
B7. Bourbon Seemed Appropriate
B8. Summit Is Fragile
B9. Walking Down The Hill


Endless Endless Endless - Black Talisman

Black Talisman is the debut recording from the New York/Jersey duo of Brett Renfer (Brooklyn: guitar, vocals, and pedals) and James Tichenor (Jersey: Korg Gameboy DS). Splitting their time between triumphant post-noise and stretched out bummer-wave, Endless Endless Endless creates music from the sounds of shimmering guitars, squiggly synth lines, filter sweep synth washes, slow-mo 8-bit drums, and infinite layered vocal harmonies all mushed together into a psychedelic, blissed-out smoothie. With no overdubs and minimal editing, Black Talisman captures Endless Endless Endless riffing as songs and ideas build, blur, loop and die. This is music for (and from) pretzel rods and Miller highlife.

Don't be put off by the Nintendo DS thing, 8-bit music is usually utter tripe and I honestly think this is the first bit of music using the tech that I've enjoyed.

Download / Buy

* No doubt now I've written that X Factor overtook and got #1 - and you've probably realised that this was written (but not posted) before the unavoidable result. Can't say I've been paying any attention to the charts (last time I did was probably the same era as 'wicky wild wild west' by Will Smith) or supported either song, but I do support the fact that money is being donated, from the RATM campaign, to Youth Music, Shelter and a free show in the UK next year (if it did happen to make #1).
Pogues & Kirsty MacColl for #1 every Christmas!

New releases:

Not entirely sure how new it is, but this past week I've spotted a couple of mentions of the 'Nippon Folk, Japan Blues' compilation on Trilogy Tapes. If you liked the Takahashi Chikuzan / Takahashi Yujiro split a couple of months ago (here) it is apparently along those lines.

Housecraft: Jeffry Astin - Stray Dreams Zodiac
Gitche-Anahmi-Bezheu / Jugu - split
Talugung - Adelosa Glare
Xiphiidae - Sewn Within a Circle

Release The Bats have nothing new, but 2010 is sounding great. Records from: Blessure Grave, Dolphins Into The Future, Altar Of Flies, Ättestupa, Street Drinkers / Skeppet, Viking Jews / Smycken, Blessure Grave / Lust For Youth, Sewer Election, Cross (Michael Turner / Warmer Milks), Satan Power (Lasse Marhaug, John Olson, Edwin Pouncey and Joachim Nordwall) and Tavaresh (Oneohtrix Point Never & Caboladies)

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Updates / Mako Sica / End of the year (part 1)

Just a quick one today. There will be another upload sometime during the week - if all goes to plan - but I hope the Voice of the Seven Woods and Zelienople (and Jooklo - I'll try and be less bitter about that in the next post) releases will suffice for a few more days.

But... if you were hoping for something to listen to: you may remember the Mako Sica post back in April. Well, an email came through last week from the band with a link to a release they're putting out in Feb 2010 on La Societe Expeditionnaire. It features three tracks from the Plus Tapes cassette but re-recorded and re-worked. The quality is much better and as a piece I would definitely recommend checking it out.

Mako Sica - Dual Horizon (link underneath the album art)

I've just remembered, I was going to ask if anyone possibly has Soulsavers cover of 'Blues Run the Game' (in mp3) and/or anything by Kapingbdi. Please leave a comment or send an email to disconcertedsounds [at] gmail if you are able to help with either. Thanks.


Not entirely sure what's new from Tompkins Square any more but they have a little sale going on, $5 off if you buy 2 releases, $7 off for 3, $10 off 4 or $20 off 5+. Not spectacular but they have an excellent release list so it wouldn't be too hard to save $20 - although it's only a saving if they're releases you want.

Images of the Peasant Magik box set have appeared and look amazing:
I suspect these will be arriving soon.
New PM cassettes: Locrian - Endless Plains / Flat Horizon
Eyeballs - Treasure
Rambutan / Fossils From The Sun - Split
UUHUU - Stringfigures for Flynt
Bones of Seabirds - Hidden Places

A Beard of Snails: Harps of Fuchsia Kalmia - Time of Love Doesn't Converge With the System of Evil
Aditi Tahiti - Spontaneous Conversations
Bessemerr - Emmeduranki
P.R.E.C. - Contageous Insanities
Joseph McNulty - Week
Sacred Carp - The Rest of Sacred Carp
Sacred Carp - More Rest Of

Ikuisuss are having an insane sale of 50% off (prices not adjusted on the website but it is a 50% sale on all Ikuisuus releases and distro items).

John Frusciante has apparently quit RHCP (MusicRadar)

Reverb Worship: Expo 70 - Galaxy Of Mysticism

Tomentosa has had a serious update.

Kraak: The Afternoon Saints (Lee Ranaldo, Christian Marclay, Günter Müller, David Watson) - The Shirley Jangle
Hellvete - De Gek

Different Lands (email): Jen Paul - 1965 Ghost
Yuhasz - 12 | 28 Variations
Taluum Shimmering - Thunderous Slit-Gongs on Islands of Clouds
Orcs - Jaw Bones
Pink Desert - See you later
Future Twin - III

Slaapwel: Peter Broderick - Music for a Sleeping Sculpture of Peter Broderick

Type Records: Richard Skelton - Landings (LP available from boomkat and forced exposure, CD available from Richard)

Inca Ore @ Silver Club.
Reminds me a bit of 'Protection' by Massive Attack. Very nice.

Existential Cloth Recordings: Deep Magic / Love Cult - Split
Inhibitionists - Phantom Tart Brother
Aghori - Forced Fate
Enfer Boreal / Pine Smoke Lodge - Lighting the Qulliq Vol.1
Sparkling Wide Pressure - Bob Moves / Linda Speaks

Tired Trails Collective: Monks of the Balhill & Enfer Boreal - Split

End of the Year

I'm not coming up with my end of year list just yet - on the weekend I went and ordered a copy of 'Light: On the South Side' from Honest Jons and I'm still patiently waiting to hear the new Zelienople and the TSM re-release - but please feel free to leave you lists.

Here is the top 10 from Wire magazine:
1.Broadcast & Focus Group - Investigate witch cults of the radio age
2.Oneohtrix Point Never - Rifts
3.Bill Orcutt - A new way to pay old debts
4.Alasdair Roberts - Spoils
5.Sunn O))) - Monoliths & dimensions
6.David Sylvian - Manafon
7.Group Doueh - Treeg Salaam
8.Jim O'Rourke - Visitor
9.Ben Frost - By the throat
10.King Midas Sound - Waiting for you

What has been underrated or undiscovered this year, people?
The new Our Love Will Destroy the World on Blackest Rainbow surprised me last week and the two (affordable) new Qbico Jooklo records have really begun to chime my bells - although they have done better. Haruko's 'Wild Geese' (on Bracken) has been lovely to relax to and the collaboration between Black Eagle Child and Goodwillies ('Bamboo Airships' on Digi Ltd) is fantastic. No idea what I'd consider the best of this year though.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Zelienople - Gone (OST)

June 2007 was an excellent month, it produced probably the surprise of the year for me. I'd never consciously heard of Zelienople but something on the Boomkat website led me to impulse buy a vinyl copy of 'His / Hers' - it was probably the simple fact that they wrote something along the lines of, "white vinyl limited to 100 copies!" and my feeble mind responded with, "Shit! 100 copies! I don't want to miss out on that". Two years later I have devoured everything by Zelienople (the only exception being the split 7" with Tekulvi), and even with ten albums sitting on the shelves in my room I want more. They cannot ever stop creating for that would be like the death of a good friend.

Zelienople - Gone (OST)

I've only listened to this once, about two weeks ago. As I'm technically getting 'Give it Up' for Christmas (bought it myself to give to my parents to give to me - just ensuring I got a copy) and this is a bonus CD that was packaged with the vinyl edition it would seem a shame to ruin it by knowing every nuance of both albums before the day Jesus did something*. As a result I can't really tell you much about this album other than that it was a pleasant first hearing.

If you hadn't realised already, it is the soundtrack to a film called 'Gone'. The film created by Donald Prokop - also did their 'Land of Smoke' dvd footage of the bullet train through Japan (youtube) - doesn't have any obvious information about it on the web. If I find anything out about it I'll post it, or if you know please enlighten us all.

1. Main Theme
2. More Than That
3. Slaving
4. Missing
5. Clarity
6. Trees & Sparks
7. Indifferent Dreams
8. Closing Theme

Please think about buying yourself a copy of 'Give it up'. Not sure about the vinyl edition any more but the CD should be available from the usual distros.


I'd also highly recommend checking out the new Beggin' Your Pardon Miss Joan track over at Olbas Noise, another really beautiful song from Lex.

* I do know why we celebrate Christmas, I'm not really that ignorant.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Voice of the Seven Woods feast

It has been great to see over the past couple of days a huge amount being written about the recently departed Jack Rose. You do a quick search of his name and everywhere from Pitchfork Media, Brooklyn Vegan, Brainwashed and Arthur Mag to little blogs, record labels, venues and forums crop up. Sad loss to music. Best wishes go out to all his family and friends. RIP Jack.

Rick Tomlinson is another fantastic guitarist, probably my favourite stylistically of the modern crop. When he does decide to sing you also find he's hiding a rather good voice, vaguely resembling Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree ('heatwave' on the Tchantinler disc may make you agree?).

His Voice of the Seven Woods project has now moved on to become Voice of the Seven Thunders and they played their first show a couple of nights ago, supporting Six Organs of Admittance and Ignatz in Shepherd's Bush. News of an imminent 7" and an LP due in Feb 2010 got me all excited and digging out all of my VotSW releases, hence this post.

Here are four of his EPs (all at 320kbps mp3): Tchantinler, Solo Guitar Recordings, The Far Golden Peak (Part One) and Seventh Step. A few others may come in a future post. Personally I think all are fantastic and well worth leaving on repeat for hours, but if I were to recommend just one I'd probably go with the 'Solo Guitar Recordings' release. Hope you go and enjoy them all.

Voice of the Seven Woods


1. First Light
2. Heatwave
3. Transition
4. Journey to Sanahin
5. The Rain


Solo Guitar Recordings

1. The Furnace
2. Spring
3. A Lonely Mind
4. A Meditation Upon Death


The Far Golden Peak (Part One)

1. The Far Golden Peak (Part One)


Seventh Step

1. Seventh Step
2. Blizzard of Two
3. Broken Hearts
4. Eight Red Lights Atop the Hill



Kning Disk: Kim Hiorthøy - Solo piano for old friends
Mats Gustafsson Duo - Box set (3 x 7")
Anla Courtis / Fredrik Söderberg - The KREV Passport Sonata

Plus Tapes: Rabble Rabble – Jail Bait

A new Apollolaan Records compilation is meant to be out today featuring "Andrew Paine, Brian Lavelle, texlahoma, Richard Youngs and more..." Limited to 100 copies, so the email read, with proceeds going to the Cat Protection League. I'm more of a dog person but the compilation line-up sounds good.
Aaah, I see. Should have looked a bit closer at the email addresses, it looks to be a Sonic Oyster release. There's an email address just above the friends section on that myspace page if you're interested.

Important Records have a mental sale on - 16 LPs for $90 and $1 CDs (although you have to buy 44 or 66). I did the maths for the records (with postage included) and even for us international folk that works out at about £5.50 a record and £1 a CD (with the batch of 66). So get your wives and girlfriends on the case if you want them. Beware of import charges with the post office though.

DNT: Ättestupa - 1867
Sean McCann - One Morning I Waked Up Early (VHS)

Hip Records (Qbico): Neokarma Jooklo Trio - Memories from the age of the dragon
Neokarma Jooklo Experience - Peaceful Messages (Sorry for pulling the link of this, it was done out of respect for the label as the records are just released and available - the link wasn't intended to be shared so soon but it was posted. You know what I'm like with the OOP thing.)
Jooklo Duo - Rising Above
Jooklo Duo - Live at Itri

Holiday Records: Golden Jooklo Age and Peaking Lights

Dust Wind Tales has wrapped a bonus 3" CD for orders of 'Both Sundays' by Adam Lipman.

Sound & Fury: Penelope Joy & Jasper TX - Waverly Cemetery (Sydney)

Earjerk: Gitchi-Anahmi-Bezheu - Wonder
Enfer Boreal / Drunjus - Climate Change / Ranking Charioteer
Circulation of Light - Circulation of Light
Dream Colour - Solar Gaze

Sloow Tapes: Seven That Spells - You Must Do This On Stage Vol. 1
Fredrik Ness Sevendal - Tinoll

Blackest Rainbow: Bong - Gilgamesh Lives
Eyeballs - The Invisible Castle
Our Love Will Destroy The World - Fucking Dracula Clouds
Loads of new distro items and rarities as well

Shores of Infinity (Email): Code Sap
Winter Ruby (2 cassette)
Saturnus Pyramydne - Loyal to Love

Stunned Records: Excavacations
M. Geddes Gengras / A.M. Shiner — The Blue Push / The Red Kush
Analog Concept — Impressions
Ossining / Afterlife — split
Pine Smoke Lodge — Haligdaeg
Connector - Steel / Rust

FairChild Tapes: V/A - Live at Turnup Records (Field of Hats, Relentless Corpse, Sam Goldberg, Xiphiidae, Pan to Scratch)
Interstates- Textures

Sunday, 6 December 2009

RIP Jack Rose

This news came in late last night from Three Lobed Recordings:

Sorry for the random update, but Three Lobed Recordings is extremely sad to pass along news that our dear friend Jack Rose passed away this morning in Philadelphia at the age of 38. This news is still fresh to us and we're still trying to process it. Jack was a warm, caring person and was always a pleasure to be around. His larger than life spirit will truly, truly be missed even moreso than his inspired musical ability. Our deepest sorrow goes out to his wife.

Jack Rose (February 16, 1971 – December 5, 2009)

RIP Jack Rose

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Fuzzy Lights (early triple)

Three early EPs from this Cambridge (UK) duo. Well, now they're a five piece but in 2004/05 there were only two official members of the group.

Fuzzy Lights - In Silence We Weep (2004)

This was their debut release - a two track, 3" CD. I don't believe there were any overdubs on this release, just the two of them playing live. The guitarist, Xavier Watkins, makes the most of the loop pedal and the violinist, Rachel Allison, adds appropriately to his base with screeches and melodies.

"Minimal post rock duo from Cambridge reminding you how post rock can still be rewarding if treated with a gentle hand and just the right amount of tension and release." Faded Words

1. No Signal - Help!
2. Picture Thoughts


Fuzzy Lights - Improvised Series #1 (2005)

The first edition of the improvised series came with the idea of an added member to the core of Xavier and Rachel. In this instance they invited along a drummer, Julien Verlant.
The post-rock nature of their music is obvious in this recording but the basic builds aren't as synchronised due to the improvised approach.
The first track sounds like instrumental Low for the first half and then the drummer begins to force the energy release and the guitar catches on.
The second track takes a more avant-garde approach but by halfway has settled to a heavy rock riff with the violin attempting to capture the essence of Steve Reich.
Track three is really the peak of the post-rock track. Somehow the violin begins to sound like a saxophone and the drums become engulfed in the overdriven guitar chords. A bit of an unconventional track that alone I think I would love but it feels slightly out of sorts on this release.


Fuzzy Lights - Improvised Series #2 (2006)

Interestingly the additional musician to the second, and last (unless more are to come?) instalment of their improvised series features a viola, played by Nikki Moran, alongside the guitar and violin duo.
In the last two releases where the guitar was the main mover of the music in the first of these two tracks the classical strings take the dominant position. Towards the end you get the impression that the guitarist was feeling threatened and he comes over the top.
The second piece is led out by the guitar and for the first couple of minutes sounds a bit disjointed with an East meets West tinge. Actually, it rarely really comes together in perfect harmony. Without knowing the title of the disc you would come to the conclusion that it was improvised.


Around this time last year Fuzzy Lights released their first proper album and they also have copies of a 2006 EP avaiable from the Fuzzy Lights Website.

Singing Knives have released a digital compilation - available here (along with track listing).

Housecraft: Peat Raamur - Arkose Screes
Christopher Riggs - Buried With Bricks In Months
Benevolents - Still Excavation
Pink Desert - Neither Here Nor In This World

Fater Disks: Nicolash - Nicolage I

Type Records has re-released Johann Johannsson's 'And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound Of Bees'. Currently available from Boomkat and should be elsewhere this week.

Blackest Rainbow is trying to clear a few things so check the Rarities section of their website.

Quiet week, no?

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Gorman - Alum Creek

Been a bit slow on the blog-front this month, it hasn't been entirely intentional. The Golden Cup tape has thrown me slightly off kilter. According to mediafire it has been downloaded 1037 times (and counting)! By comparison the next most downloaded releases I've uploaded are 'Five Bells' by Cam Deas with 679, 'Atomic Weekender' by Caboladies with 440 and 'Norns' by Natural Snow Buildings with 422. Searched around and found it on Impose Magazine and Bolachas - neither of which were familiar to me - so thanks to both of them. Hopefully it suggests that others also think it's an excellent release and that distros won't have too much trouble selling their copies.

Moving on...

I'll try and be a bit more frequent with updates leading up to New Year - and beyond.

Gorman - Alum Creek

Gorman was Jordan Spencer, the man that runs Cabin Floor Esoterica. Gorman is now a defunct pseudonym but in his two years he got releases out on Blackest Rainbow, Tired Trails Collective, Housecraft and Reverb Worship, alongside his own labels, Open Range Records and Cabin Floor Esoterica.

"'Alum Creek' features two tracks of floating drones and chiming guitar like sounds that is a delight to behold. Recorded especially for Reverb Worship direct to tape in the autumn of 2008."

There is an underlying drone to Gorman releases but I think ambient is much more appropriate. It's a bright melancholy - if you'll allow me that juxtaposition. Is the distortion digital from the tape to CD transfer? At times it certainly sounds that way, yet somehow it adds to the recording. It gives you that sense of your windows rattling without needing to check if your ears have begun to bleed.

This is still available from Reverb Worship so please consider buying a copy if you enjoy it.

1. Rock Skipping, Olentangy River (12:15)
2. Stepping Into Early Fog (10:00)

Download / Buy


A week on Friday (4th December) Bush Hall (Shepherd's Bush, London) will be playing host to Six Organs Of Admittance, Ignatz and Voice of the Seven Thunders (a new incarnation of Voice of the Seven Woods). Only found out about this one this morning. What a line-up!
And in related news Six Organs did a soundtrack to a novel called 'Empty the Sun' and both have recently been released on the official website on CD and vinyl (both limited to 1000).

audioMER (email): Sachiko - Golden Hypnos (LP)

Autobus Records: Brazos - Phosphorescent Blues
Sunset - Gold Dissolves to Gray

Students of Decay: Asuna & Opitope - Sunroom (pre-order)

Not Not Fun: V/A - My Estrogeneration
Topaz Rags - Capricorn Born Again

Abandon Ship Records: Human Adult Band - La-Dee-Frickin-Da
Reverse Mouth - Of The Cloth
Grasshopper / Twisty Cat - split
Excepter - Steps: La Sala Rossa
Mouthus - Eskimo King / Afternoon Penis
Cough Cool - Digestible Doom
Chapels - Days of Sleepless Night

Siren Wire: VII - Part I
VII - Part II

New Shh... This is a Library album, 'Dream Big', is available for pre-order this week from I Had An Accident Records.

A remix of Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking called 'A Glorious Dawn' is out on Jack White's Third Man Records.

The latest Zelienople record on Type was released last Monday. The album is fantastic and the bonus CD was the vinyl is well worth getting the LP for if you're not fussed about formats - Boomkat is the only place I've seen it available so far.

CD on demand

I've heard this idea quite a bit over the past four or five years. My dad has mentioned a number of times in the past about books on demand where you can go into a book shop, order a title that is no longer available and the shop prints off a copy in half an hour. Obviously this should be quite an easy model to translate to CDs these days. No doubt this isn't the first available but whilst looking around for 'Odyssey of Iska' by Wayne Shorter I saw my first example on Amazon US. This is no doubt the future of the dying CD. Isn't it?
If it is, will they be doing it for games and DVDs as well?
I personally can't imagine the physical format ever dying out completely - at least I really hope there are enough similar minded people out there to help me keep up the obsession - but the eventual demise of high street record / film / game shops will probably strengthen the case for manufacturers to rip us off even more.

Sorry if I've not yet replied to some emails, I will do one day soon(ish).

Thanks again to the people that have joined the Last.fm Group. The charts are really interesting. Looking down the full list it has been lot more varied than I had been anticipating.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Golden Cup - Kaleidopea

This landed on my doormat today, and usually that means waiting a couple of weeks before considering ripping it but this is a beauty and it is already sold out direct from Digitalis Ltd (should be available from some of these distros soon: Tomentosa, Boa Melody Bar, DNT, Discriminate, Eclipse, I would guess 8mm may also get a few).

Golden Cup - Kaleidopea

For a moment, when the latest batch of Digi Ltds were announced I thought Brad had begun introducing bootleg re-issues of old OOP Japanese LPs. However, it wasn't long until I was corrected. The description suggested nothing of the sort and it was soon pointed out that the group I was thinking of was The Golden Cups. Golden Cup is a project I feel I should have known about as it is a solo project of Jooklo collaborator (specifically a core member of Golden Jooklo Age) and 8mm Records owner, Luca Massolin. Swiftly I gave myself a smack upside the head and ordered up a copy. And here is it.

"kaleidopea" is as accomplished as golden cup has ever been. chattering walls of synth debris find the perfect balance between foreign and familiar leading you down diamond paths. just when it feels like everything is closing in around you, massolin breaks out the guitar and you're in a different place entirely.things really cook as the inimitable sachiko adds her voice to the mix. again, it's all in the balance.

on the flipside, hypnotic synth underpinnings are the perfect canvas for massolin's delay-strewn guitar and sachiko's incredible voice. as the synth repeats over and over it leaves plenty of room for the guitar and voice to interact and suck you under. it's disjointed enough to keep you from totally drifting away, each off-kilter moment snapping you back to reality, but overall the effect is pretty goddamn mesmerising. eventually we all settle down and get lost in the waves. unbelievable.
Digi Ltd

Limited to 80 copies and featuring Sachiko (Sloow Tapes, Utech and soon audioMER - see below). Only around 18 minutes long but definitely recommended.

Only two tracks but I'm not 100% on either title. These two are the indicated on the insert.

A. Madrigale Masico
B. Ursa Maior

But. The B-side is also named 'Ursula Maior' further down the insert and 'Ursa Major' on the Digi page, the page that also names the A-side 'Madrigale Magico'. I've gone with the insert titles but thought it was worth pointing out they may be incorrect.


New Releases:

Not Not Fun: Expensive Shit - Powwow With Chopper
Sex Worker - The Labor of Love
Dylan Ettinger & The Heat - Smokin'
Dylan Ettinger - Bringin the Heat

Important Records: V/A - The Harmonic Series
Eleh - Retreat
Eleh - Return
Jozef Van Wissem - Ex Patris
Robin Crutchfield - The Hidden Folk

Install: Milieu - Phosphene Weather
Wood-Land - Stone Circle

Under the Spire (pre-orders): Shaula-Haze
Grass Rewound - Aaron Martin Reinterpreted by Part Timer

Bum Tapes: Unknown release (60/70s asian jazz pop. Maybe from somewhere like Cambodia?)

Blackest Rainbow: The Blue Tree - s/t
Bong - Gilgamesh Lives (pre-order)
Eyeballs - The Invisible Castle (pre-order)
Our Love Will Destroy the World - Fucking Dracula Clouds (pre-order)

audioMER (email): Mireille Capelle - Anello. Naga. Sunyata (3CD)
Sachiko - Golden Hypnos (LP)

Apollolaan Recordings: Plastic Crimewave - Fire in the Whole

ZeroJardins (myspace): Chora - Plume Like
Motherfucking - Danke Liebe
Faux Amis - I

Sonic Meditations: Das Energi - Recitations
Gnod - The Crystal Pagoda

Amethyst Sunset: Mist - s/t (LP)

905 Tapes: V/A - Deaf in the Valley
Wether - Mountain for a Picnic
Ay/Arc w/ Skin Graft - Psychotropical / Psychoerotic
Wasteland Jazz Emsemble - It's the first time of the month
Arabian Blade & Joe Breitenbach
Mike Shiflet - Cycles
Matthew Riley - Crestabutte

Soundway Records: V/A - Ghana Special (5LP)
V/A - Panama! 3

And for anyone curious about that sold out Peasant Magik box set, it apparently should begin shipping around the beginning of December.

NME Top 10 of the decade:

1. The Strokes - Is This It
2. The Libertines - Up The Bracket
3. Primal Scream - XTRMNTR
4. Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
5. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever To Tell
6. PJ Harvey - Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
7. Arcade Fire - Funeral
8. Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
9. The Streets - Original Pirate Material
10. Radiohead - In Rainbows

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Phil Ochs / Krzysztof Penderecki: Remembrance Day

A couple of songs for Remembrance Day:

This was a track from a series of songs Phil wrote for Broadside magazine (1963/64) so it isn't too surprising not to find a video of him performing it, thankfully this guy does a nice cover.

Oh, I am the Unknown Soldier who died in World War Two.
I didn't want to fight, it was the only thing to do.
I was the victim of a world that went insane
Will you show me that I didn't die in vain.
Remember me, when the crosses are a burnin',
Remember me, when the racists come around.
Remember me, when the tides of peace are turnin',
Remember me and please don't let me down.

On the South Pacific Islands and the Iwo Jima sands
We raised the flag of freedom over many distant lands
And every time I killed a man my own heart felt the pain
Will you show me that I didn't die in vain.
Remember me, when the crosses are a burnin',
Remember me, when the racists come around.
Remember me, when the tides of peace are turnin',
Remember me and please don't let me down.

And I carried my old rifle to the European shore
And every friend that died made me die a little more.
Have pity on the man who put a bullet through my brain
And show me that I didn't die in vain.
Remember me, when the crosses are a burnin',
Remember me, when the racists come around.
Remember me, when the tides of peace are turnin',
Remember me and please don't let me down.

When the Fascists started marching many millions had to pay;
We saw them rise to power but we looked the other way.
It happened once before and it can happen once again
Will you show me that I didn't die in vain.
Remember me, when the crosses are a burnin',
Remember me, when the racists come around.
Remember me, when the tides of peace are turnin',
Remember me and please don't let me down.

Krzysztof Penderecki - Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima

Around 100,000 people lost their lives to the Hiroshima bomb and a three days later another 50,000 in Nagasaki. Sadly, the losses are always far greater to the people rather than to the people that send them to war in the first place - "It's always the old to lead us to the war, it's always the young to fall."
Not everyone that dies in war wants to be involved and not everyone that dies deserves that fate no matter what their beliefs.
Penderecki's ode to the dead ('threnody') is as haunting a tribute to the cries as you could find.

Download (20mb)

Monday, 9 November 2009

Sadhu Sadhu - Live at the Hideout

Apologies for the lack of updates over the past 10 days or so. I've been like a watch failing to adjust to British Summer Time, still ticking but just a little behind. Will try and make up for it in the lead up to Christmas/New Year.

Sadhu Sadhu - Live at the Hideout

Sadhu Sadhu (myspace) are a 3-piece (guitar, bass, drums) based in Chicago. The name, according to wikipedia, means 'well done, well done' or 'good man, good man' - or otherwise refers to yogi, the former seems more likely in my opinion.

This is a live recording ripped from a cassette that was emailed to me by the band (there are a few other email-sent recordings coming in the next couple of weeks) and is just split into A and B. Not sure if they have any copies of this release left but no doubt there will be more recordings released over the next couple of years.

Their sound is somewhere between Wooden Ships and Acid Mothers Temple with a 70s psych/blues/rock predominance, not a million miles off (if I'm remembering it correctly) the Kawaguchi Masami Sloow Tape style. Really good. Would definitely like to hear their sound from a studio/home recording session in the fture.

Download (direct download, should just open up a save box)


Well, completely missed the NSB performance this week due to poor forward-thinking. I've reliably been informed that there were no new/special releases for sale at the show, but their set was meant to be fantastic if a little short. Being the first band on you expect that but it seems a shame for them to travel from France for one show and then be done in 25 minutes. Short reviews at Mapsadaisical, Thesvelteone and The Milk Factory.

Rameses III have a free gig on Sat 28th Nov at the Union Chapel in London. Starts at noon.

Last bit of news for Londoners: Chiswick Auctions are selling off Mike Read's (Radio 1 DJ) record collection (estimated to contain 120,000 records!) on Monday 30th Nov.


Utmarken are having a bit of a sale at the moment 3 tapes = €12, 5 tapes = €18, 10 tapes = €30.

ExBx Tapes are also having a bit of a sale on.

Under the Spire have reduced the price of their t-shirts and will reduce them by another £1 if you buy a CD at the same time.

Blackest Rainbow: Twinsistermoon - The Hollow Mountain (CD)
Mountainhood - Death Pod (one-sided LP)
Starving Weirdos with Tom Carter & Shawn McMillan - Live At The Accident (LP)

Low Point: Tim Catlin and Machinefabriek - Glisten

Rural Faune: Sky Dripping Venom - In Krasnozem
Dream Safari / Ophibre - Split
Stellar Om Source - Heartlands Suite
Drifts - Future Light Cone
Yuko X Chino - Sensory Deprivation Techniques
Cyrus Gengras / M. Geddes Gengras - Family split
Rural Faune Collective - I
Expo '70 - Psychic Funeral
Eyes Like Saucers - Parmalee, tribute to a dog

History Always Favours The Winners has released the 3CD opus of Leyland Kirby's 'Sadly the future is no longer what it was'. Spotted it on Norman Records and Boomkat so far. Obviously if you've already bought the vinyl editions (you've way overspent) you probably don't need these discs.

Numero Group have release an amazing looking compilation & book. $60 + postage direct, boomkat have it for £63 in the UK but my recommendation would be to head to Honest Jon's where it is £50ppd (UK) if you're interested. No chance of me ordering this one at the moment but might have the nerve to ask for it for Christmas (with the knowledge it would never be received). If anyone has a full mp3 of Arlean Brown's 'I'm a streaker baby' I would love to hear it.

MV & EE news: They have let out three more bootleg releases - 'Mutron Lovers', 'Greenspace' and 'Forever Upwards' - which I would assume are available direct or soon from Volcanic Tongue and Eclipse (usually where they appear). And I shot an email to Ecstatic Peace! asking about a vinyl edition of 'Barn Nova' and they say it will be available in the new year.

New label Sturmun Drugs have released a split between Black Eagle Child and Kabyzdoh Obtruhamchi (yeah, I definitely had to copy and paste that name!).

2:00AM Tapes: Low Speed Orchestra - Music of Falling Bridges
Vales - Sun Sick
Wether - Horses

Dekorder: Wooden Veil - Wooden Veil
Machinefabriek / Nils Frahm - Dauw
Uton - Unexplained Objects
Black to Comm - Wave UFO
Groupshow - The Science (Behind Shoes)

Keep forgetting to post this one - Fang Bomb have released a collaboration between Peter Broderick & Machinefabriek LP entitled 'Blank Grey Canvas Sky'.

Tell me if what I've missed, there's no doubt a load of great stuff.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

John Darnielle (The Mountain Goats) - Chavo Guerrero Is Champion Of The World

This post is a bit different. I was intending to do a big post with a load of stuff that has been sent to me but I still have a couple of things to listen to.
The last week or so I've been going through my collection trying to uncover items that I had forgotten about buying and then just re-organising everything. Anyway, during that search I came across a copy of 'Come, come to the sunset tree' - the demo vinyl of The Mountain Goats 'Sunset Tree' album - and found this tucked within the plastic sleeve. I've never seen another edition of this art series so this is also an attempt to dig a couple more out of the ether.
Hopefully this will be of interest to someone on the net. (A few of the normal label updates below)

John Darnielle - Is This Bunny Rabbit the Champion of the World

Here's a bit of background to the series:

OK, so here's the deal. A coupla years ago I'm writing these songs that would eventually become We Shall All Be Healed, and I'm trying to fit myself inside of my younger skin, and toward this end I start messing around with magazines and scissors and construction paper, making little handmade Tijuana bibles only with less porn and more dread. Each little booklet I made was titled after the working title of the album, which was Chavo Guerrero Is Champion Of The World. When the album was finished, I stuffed all the little booklets into a box and hid it in a closet.

A couple of years and one move eastward later, Brooklyn Fire Proof writes to me and says they're doing a show of musicians' art, and do I have anything that might fit in with the idea? I fetched my little booklets from the closet and looked them over, and now they're slated to be part of this exhibition, which will run from November 18th to December 18th. They're a little pricey, both because they took a fair amount of time and because they're kind of special to me...but they make great Christmas presents for the Mountain Goats fan who's already got all the early cassettes, and are rather more personal than a lot of my stuff tends to be. If you're in New York around the time of the exhibition, anyhow, have a look!
(MG Source)


Peyote Tapes: Indigenous Capsules - box
Godseye - Book of Lies Vol. 1
Dead Black Arms - Hands of Elijah

Ketchup Cavern: Fossils - Young Guns
Robedoor - Pagan Drugs
Sissy Spacek - Gutter Splint

Important Records: Mountainhood - The River
Holy Suns - Criminals Return
Merzbow - Bird Series (Volume 10)
Grubbs / Lytton / Wooley - Seven Store Mountain
Guano Padano - Guano Padano

Boomkat had a few copies of that Xela lathe today - again, sorry, it looks like I'm a little too late posting about it - so it could have a few copies landing in US distros next week. The samples (here) sound excellent, and for once a lathe is nicely priced.

Students of Decay have a pre-order for the Jefre Cantu-Ledesma & Paul Clipson DVD re-release(s). From the three that I own (from Root Strata issues) I would say that they're excellent, but check the preview because they are not cheap.

Black Dog Publishing, the people that put out the excellent 'Rough Trade: Labels Unlimited', have a Krautrock book out next month that could be worth putting on the Christmas list.

The next update will probably be on the weekend.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Virginia Genta & Andrew Barker - Pressure

This is one I've been wanting to post for a while. I have so much time for Virginia Genta and the rest of Jooklo (check the Jooklo tag for a couple of other OOP releases).

Brief introductions: Virginia Genta is one of the core Jooklo members and plays sax. Andrew Barker plays in Gold Sparkle Band and Acid Birds and has played alongside musicians such as John Zorn, Thurston Moore and Tara Jane O'Neil.

115 copies of this record were released over the summer as part of Troglosound's one-sided LP series.
I don't really think a huge amount needs to be said about this other than it's a three-part free jazz session of tenor sax and drums. Free jazz is always one to divide opinion so make your own mind up.

Download (one mp3 @ 320kbps)

Future release news from Camp Jooklo has been flying in lately: four records are due on Qbico next month; another is due on Troglosound; Luca Massolin has just released a new cassette on Digitalis Ltd (under the name Golden Cup); the record with Peaking Lights is due on Holiday Records soon; Release the Bats are meant to be releasing something by them in 2010.

New Releases:

Digitalis Ltd has another big batch: Bigger Insides
Pink Priest
Golden Cup

Kimberly Dawn: Medroxy Progesterone Acetate
Geoffrey Sexton
The Old Rig

Calypso Hum: Avant Reindeer
The Sublevel Arkestra

Blackest Rainbow has some new t-shirts and the Not Not Fun Robedoor LP.

Bum Tapes: Second Family Band
Carefree Eturnum

The excellent Root Strata updated with news of distros of the Barn Owl LP (Aquarius, Mimaroglu, Eclipse, Time-Lag, Fusetron, Forced Exposure, Ctd Ltd, Mid Heaven, Boomkat and Volcanic Tongue) - thank you RS - and news that the Grouper / Xela split 7" is shipping and they have printed another 100 copies of the Oneohtrix Point Never DVD. Oh, and there are some nice looking t-shirts and posters.

Thanks to the people that have sent emails in the past week or so with music from their band or info, it's really appreciated, I'm just going a little slow with replying to mail at the moment but I will respond in the next couple of days. Some great music to appear on this blog thanks to some of these bands emails!
And thanks to the 25 people that have joined the Last.fm group. I was surprised when 5 people had so 25 is fantastic. Already discovered half a dozen new groups. Feel free to add end of year lists, recommendations or whatever else you might want to the group.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

Richard Moult - Suite For Titouan

I've been wanting to post this since the day it arrived, it's definitely one of my favourites of 2009. So atmospheric and such beauty from a solo piano.

Dala Horse II: Richard Moult - Suite For Titouan. Dala Horse has already made a huge impression on me, following Kutomo's 'Lauluja Surun Kaaresta' by about 8 months and again limited to just 36 copies, DH#2 strikes you with its beauty for every sense - well, maybe not smell or taste but 3/5 is better than most.

Richard Moult is a member of United Bible Studies and was a founder member of Far Black Furlong (left the band last year). He has also made music with Agitated Radio Pilot and Current 93 and created pieces of art.

This EP is a solo piano suite consisting of five parts totalling just under 18 minutes. It was recorded in a church in East Sussex and that has really helped in adding great size and power to the recording.

I don't want to ruin it by over-hyping this so I'll end short, but I would highly recommend downloading it. Evening of Light have a second suite of Moult's also released this year.

Download (320kbps mp3 - as usual)

Definitely can't wait for the next Dala Horse release.

New Releases

Sloow Tapes: Robert Horton and Tom Carter - Campfire
Numinous Eye - The Tunnel At The End Of The Light

The Great Pop Supplement: Spacemen 3 / Wooden Shjips - Big City (demo) / I Believe It
Jack Rose & The Black Twigs - Shooting Creek

Norman Records had copies of a Xela / Manahattan lathe released on Static Caravan yesterday but it looks to be sold out - may have gone to other distros or have been an old release?
They also have copies of the new Rachel Grimes (of Rachel's) LP, 'Book of Leaves'.

Root Strata no longer seem to be selling releases directly. I don't think they've said anything in a mail out or on their website but if, like me, you were waiting for the Barn Owl record to be released and missed Boomkat updating with copies it looks as though we could have missed out? It sounds as though there will be a CD edition at some point but shout if you actually spot the LP anywhere (other than ebay).

Milieu Music: Milieu - Eufloria
Milieu - Translucent Forestation
Coppice Halifax - Beach Glass
Coppice Halifax & Radere - ABX2

Under The Spire: Archers by the Sea - The Surf
Damian Valles - Count(r)ies

Synth Series: Drifts - Future Light Cone
Stellar Om Source - Heartlands Suite
Dream Safari / Ophibre - Split
Sky Dripping Venom - In Krasnozem
Rob Funkhouser - This is why Robots are taking over
Lunar Miasma - Monophonic Ritual

Skulls of Heaven: Second Family Band - Vernal Mystery Hour
Second Family Band - Wisconsin Gospel Vol 5
Second Family Band - Incidental Music from "Run Up the Voodoo

SRA Sounds: Celer - Close Proximity and the Unhindered Care-all

Deep Tapes: Crystal Visions

Monday, 19 October 2009

Natural Snow Buildings - The Winter Ray

This was a request from someone in the cbox. Great 2004 album from NSB, self-released, limited to less than 15 copies (according to discogs) and long out of print as I'm sure most have realised.

Natural Snow Buildings - The Winter Ray

This album consists of two full discs - a standard of NSB releases - that add up to roughly 160 minutes of audio. I really can't understand how they've it over the years with such frequency and with so few lapses in quality.
That being said, the responses on rateyourmusic for this album are not among the most positive for the band. The record contains more of a post-rock vibe where you would find those long droning folk experiments on newer albums and the shorter psych-folk tracks have been excluded. So maybe people were disappointed to find out that they have since expanded on their sound?
For me this is a gem. Something akin to the sounds Grace Cathedral Park generated on 'In the Evenings of Regret' but with plenty of signs of more experimentation to come.

I've had to split the two discs into three download links because of the 100mb limit but they're clearly labelled 1-1, 2-7, etc. with the first number being the disc, second the track, so it should be easy to sort out. MP3s at 256kbps. Artwork can be found on the discogs page linked above - can't hotlink their pictures.

Disc 1
1. Overture
2. I Don't Know What Psy War Is
3. Dark Side Of Behaviourism
4. Broadcast
5. Micro Chip Little Children
6. The Fake And Sad Lonely Gunman
7. Mae Brussel
8. Counter In Surgency
9. Experiments On Monkeys
10. Toward A Psychocivilized Society
11. Broadcast
12. Places Of Detention
13. Un Manne D'Helicopters And Micro Waves
14. Falling Space Laser Nikola Tesla

Disc 2
1. Over Mt Weather
2. Brighton Beach
3. Fishing Hole
4. Dead Horses
5. Ethy1 Bromo Acetate
6. Bloody Snow
7. Inside Mt Weather
8. I Was Always Cold
9. The Winter Ray
10. Dead Horses (By The Sea)
11. The Exhausted Meteor

Download: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3


Low Point: Celer - Mane Blooms
Gareth Hardwick - Half Light
Tim Catlin & Machinefabriek - Glisten

Great Jooklo news this month. Holiday Records are releasing a collaborative LP between Golden Jooklo Age and Peaking Lights...

...and then Qbico are apparently due to release a set of four new LPs (Jooklo Duo, Neokarma Jooklo Trio and Neokarma Jooklo Experience) next month. Hope they're discounted prices!

Then there is the Twinsistermoon 'The Hollow Mountain' CD re-release on Blackest Rainbow at the end of the month - with bonus material - which will then be followed by the TSM and Isengrind LPs.

Oh, and to top it off, the Big Blood releases on Cabin Floor Esoterica (plus an Elm tape around the same time) and Time-Lag aren't too far away.

I wish I owned a bank, or something.

There are also a couple of new Mississippi Records either just released or on the horizon, Joseph Spence, Michael Hurley and Mata La Pena. Heard there were some more compilations as well but haven't spotted those to know any details.

Goaty Tapes: Banana Head - In the Tubs
Bird - Hoy en día
Vincent Over the Sink - Bible Bashers
Paradise Sisters - Jeff Atkins no. 7

Sloow Tapes: Robert Horton and Tom Carter - Campfire (ltd. 40)
Numinous Eye - The Tunnel At The End Of The Light

Roll Over Rover: Rover Encyclopedia #3 - Sideways Hole
Waterside Gala - Composure & Recreation
Sean McCann - Phylum Sigh (re-issue)
Bats In The Belfry - Because You're Blue

And again, I'll "plug" the Disconcerted Sounds group on last.fm. I hadn't realised before it was mentioned but there is a DS radio station that is meant to be generated from what everyone in the group is listening to, that should be interesting. Cheers to the people that have joined the group, thanks for the kind comments as well.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Takahashi Chikuzan - No Shinzui

This was originally going to be a two part post but that Mountainhood CD got upped instead of the first two sides of this record and between then and now I've managed to rip and upload the other two sides.
I would highly recommend downloading both zip folders, Side D is my personal favourite as it has more instrumentation; Side A has some of the better solo pieces - don't shy away from the whole album, it's an excellent set of traditional Japanese music.

I'm trying to take some photos of this, just can't find the charger for the camera at the moment...

Takahashi Chikuzan - No Shinzui

Takahashi Chikuzan was a blind shamisen player throughout the 20th century (born 1910, died 1998). He made quite a number of recordings and there was a 1977 film about his life called 'Chikuzan Hitori Tabi' ('Life of Chikuzan') but, like other traditional music, the albums are not always easy to find. Some were re-issued on CD in Japan and sometimes records appear on ebay or gemm for $5 (but more often $40+), most are relatively hard to get hold of as they are quite often badly listed (in my experience).

There's a lot to listen to on this record - four sides of roughly 20 mins each - and it covers a wide range for an instrument with just three strings. He is accompanied and introduced by other traditional Japanese instruments on a number of songs but the sides tend to stick to one style rather than have a wide range.

Please see the comments for more information on this record
LP 1 / LP 2


Type Records, well, Johann Johannsson have both said that there will be a vinyl release (re-release) of Johann's 'And in the endless pause there came the sound of bees' in the next couple of months (followed later by another CD edition). There is also that Zelienople record looming on the horizon and we've just had Rameses III, Peter Broderick, Seasons (Pre-Din) and Black to Comm is out this week. All looks good over at Type!

Three Lobed Recordings are planning to close pre-orders for the new Steve Gunn and D. Charles Speer & The Helix.

Previews for the next batch of Digitalis Ltd releases are up on Dial Square Tapes (along with a pre-order option) featuring the likes of Xela, Greg Davis and Pink Priest.

Milieu Music: Brian Grainger - White Kingdoms
Brian Grainger - White Dust

Apollolaan Recordings: Brain Lavelle - Avalonian

Reverb Worship: Shores of Darkness - In the Shadow of Distant Nights


Please feel free to join the Disconcerted Sounds last.fm group.


There are some promising sounding shows on BBC4 at the moment - one last night titled 'Synth Britannia' and another next week about Krautrock - on Friday nights. Probably worth keeping an eye out for if you're in the UK (iPlayer?) or have access to good torrent sites.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Mountainhood - White Banquet: Live at the Story Chapter I

I was going to do another two part post this week as I'm currently halfway through ripping another 70s Japanese record, and then this request came. Hopefully that record will now go up in one post (double LP) by the end of the week.

Oh, if you use last.fm feel more than welcome to join the Disconcerted Sounds group. Don't know what will go on there but it could no doubt be a good way of finding out about new music from what others are listening to/recommending.

Mountainhood - White Banquet: Live at the Story Chapter I

I've long had an appreciation for 'different' vocals and most take their time to get fully accepted - Tom Waits took half a dozen years; Screamin' Jay took around 10 full rounds of an album (which has since been lost and needs to be re-ordered); MV & EE even took a few months - this Mountainhood album has been another initial struggler.
The problem comes when you realise he has a normal voice hidden away yet he, Michael Curtis Hilde, seems to want to be a bit stranger. Maybe it's how his voice naturally goes? I don't really know but it can make it hard at first to enjoy. By the time you reach 'Way I Feel' you won't really care. The songs start to come through and the vocals naturally come across as a lot more acceptable to your ears. And then the following 'Light Pouring Mynd' hits perfectly, probably my favourite song of the disc.
It's an interesting one. Personally I found the two earlier releases on Reverb Worship easier to get into, especially 'Brother the Cloud'. This live album was also on Reverb Worship, released mid-February 2009 in an edition of 50.

As it is a live recording you receive any issues that may have occurred during the show, in this case they came in the form of bizarre squeaks from the guitar.

"A number of glitches can be heard throughout the songs. These glitches are not technology-related but they were produced organically in real-time at the live performance when the songs got intense and [the songwriter] passed into a mild trance, to fade out for a minute, then falling forward heavily, caught [his] guitar strings upon the mic." (insert)

Copies still available at Tomentosa Records.


He has recently released two records on Time-Lag's Red Records (both sold out direct) and has a one-sided record coming this month on Blackest Rainbow


Peasant Magik's box set has already sold over 150 of the 200 copies so if you want one I wouldn't wait around too much longer.

Blackest Rainbow has announced the pre-order for the CD re-issue of Twinsistermoon's 'The Hollow Mountain' which should be available at the start of November - in time for the London NSB show. Obviously I haven't seen the new packaging or heard the remaster but from what I have heard about it, even if you do own the vinyl edition you may want to seriously consider picking a copy up.

There are half a dozen new releases on American Tapes.

Matt Groening has been announced this week as once again being an All Tomorrow's Parties curator - this time in the UK.

Henry Owings, of Chunklet zine/magazine, has been given the duty by Corey Rusk of flogging 1500 records including test presses of rare Rapeman, Big Black, Henry Rollins, Butthole Surfers. Check his ebay account if you think you're rich enough (or just fancy a good nose around).

Autumn Sun: Charlatan - Equinox
Josh Burke - Speaking With Each Dancer

Ecstatic Peace! have released 'Barn Nova', the new MV & EE album. Can only see a CD edition on their website. There will be a vinyl edition, right?

Norman Records had the limited edition of David Sylvian's 'Manafon'. Sounds and looks amazing (from the pictures) but £70 is way beyond what most of us will be willing to spend I'm sure - although the edition is 2000+...

Stunned Records: Sun Araw (feat. Matthew Lessner) — In Orbit
Donato Epiro — Sounding the Sun
Padna — Siberia / Hinterland

People In The Position To Know: (Wooden) Wand - Haunting the Stagecoach (8" lathe pre-order limited to 100 - youtube video of what it will look like)

Friday, 9 October 2009

MV & EE - Smoked Bossier (#10/12)

Something for your weekend:

Part of the cassette box, 'Road Trips', Blackest Rainbow released a few months ago. If you haven't got a copy I would highly recommend it (still available at Tomentosa, Norman Records, Alt.Vinyl, etc. - all the usual places). It's an intimidating box when you unfold it and discover the mass of green and white, but there really is so much good music on it that once you begin you quickly work through the lot. And there are some great, new line-ups with the likes of Jeremy Earl, Samara Lubelski, J. Mascis, Willie Lane, Chris Corsano, and so the list goes on. This tape (#10 of the 12) is just MV & EE - I may do one of the bigger ensemble tapes in a few months but definitely not the whole set.

MV & EE - Smoked Bossier

Performed at Art Space, Shreveport, LA (29/01/09)
This is one of the best live sets I've heard from MV & EE - don't want to hype it up too much but it is excellent. Side A has the kind of track list I would like to see them perform - Hungry Stones, Anyway, Freight Train and Cold Rain. Then Side B brings along a 25 minute monolith to the complete an hour long set. Long tracks rarely finish an album on a good note, but live, yeah... That is the way you want to send your audience away.

A1. Hungry Stones
A2. Huna Cosm
A3. Huna Rap
A4. Anyway
A5. Martyn Rap
A6. Freight Train
A7. Erie Cotton Rap
A8. Cold Rain

B1. Weatherhead Hollow
B2. Drone Trailer

As usual, 320kbps mp3s without splices.

Download: Side A / Side B

'Barn Nova' is due out on Ecstatic Peace! sometime in the next two months so keep your eyes peeled for that ('Summer Magic' mp3 from 'Barn Nova')

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

My Cat Is An Alien (pt. 2): 8" Triangular Lathe

Part two of two. I don't believe this one has a proper name, just named after the format it was released on.

As usual this is 320kbps mp3. There may be a couple of seconds missed from the start of each side (it was a complicated system I had going).

My Cat Is An Alien - 8" Triangular Lathe

This was released at the very end of October last year on Antony Milton's PseudoArcana label in an edition of 80. The sleeve is lovely - pronounced with the 'o' elongated sounding more like 'arr' - but the format often produces the marmite 'love it or hate it' feelings. Lathes can be awkward, anyone that has ever bought one will probably agree. The sound quality is always a bit sketchy - although with more experimental music it doesn't matter so much - and the grooves shallow, I'm almost certain they are no good for your record needle as well but people are more than welcome to prove me wrong on that.
So long as it plays the music it's fine by me (for the time being at least). This was a million times better value for money than that ridiculous 20 second recording of 'Au Clair De La Lune' Dust to Digital ripped off the BBC website and then sold for £7 a pop - if you bought that you are, in fact, an idiot (someone had to tell you).

Again, slight digression.

"2 short sides etched into a triangle of acetate that illustrate the potentially eternal depth of the subjectively experienced universe.
This record is far less electr(on)ic than some of their pieces. Driven largely by plaintive bell like guitar and a sparse haunting ethereal wordless vocal it sounds like a prayer sung in a chamber deep within some dark crystalline moon."

Two songs, roughly seven minutes each. Both drone a bit but have more clattering to them than the Sloow Tapes release posted earlier. They're like condensed versions really.


MCIAA recently released: a Mort Aux Vaches disc and an LP on Starlight Furniture Co (can't find a website) with Ramona Ponzini, Lee Ranaldo and Michael Morley. Probably a load more hidden away as well.


Want (probably) the best compilation of the year? Check Peasant Magik for a pre-order and info (if you missed the details a month or two back). BIG BLOOD, NATURAL SNOW BUILDINGS, NORTH SEA, GREGG KOWALSKY (and more).

Et Pourtant has made their catalogue available for free download (try before you buy).

Dull Knife: Rosemary Krust - Bernt Anker

Reverb Worship: Kawabata Makoto - Farewell Kiss After Rain

Dontrustheruin: Brother Oak (not sure how you can buy it but Tomentosa Records and North East Indie get most of their releases)

Catholic Tapes (email): The Cove
KGB Man / Oneohtrix Point Never - KGB Nights / Blue Drive
Fielded - The Lord reigns down, let the people tremble
Face Plant - Get high and listen

Apollolaan Recordings: The Zero Map

Not Not Fun Records: Inca Ore - Silver Sea Surfer School
Robedoor - Raiders
Wet Hair - Glass Fountain
Little Claw - Human Taste

Housecraft Recordings: Xiphiidae - Pass Hidingly Seek
Kane Pour - Cat on a Paisley Shawl
Thoughts on Air / Tricorn and Queue - Split

Sunday, 4 October 2009

My Cat Is An Alien (pt. 1): Alien Minds

Ok, so this is the last Sloow Tapes post for a while... possibly.

I apologise if there is any digital distortion on this rip. There shouldn't be, but the couple of loud parts were looking close.
Both sides in 320kbps mp3.

My Cat Is An Alien - Alien Minds
My Cat Is An Alien - Alien Minds

Keijo was Sloow Tapes #1, MCIAA was Sloow Tapes #2 - released July 2005 in an edition of 80 copies housed in spray painted envelopes with photos (remember them?) stuck to the front and back.

I have to be honest, I find MCIAA a little hit or miss. It probably depends more on my mood than what they've recorded but this one always tends to go down well - especially played at high volumes through headphones.

Both sides are live performances, the first from La Batie Festival in 2004 when they supported Sonic Youth and the second from a gig in Cambridge (UK) in 2005. They aren't hugely dissimilar in sound - mostly electric drones with interjections from percussion or toys and bits of "singing". Good for a proper listen or as something to phase in and out of.

Side 1: 26 mins
Side 2: 30 mins

"Beautiful cosmic dronescapes from the Opalio brothers using mostly guitars, sparing percussion and children's toys processed through 'cosmic rays effects'." (Boa Melody Bar)

Stealing the recommendation on the insert: Play it very loud!

Download: Side A / Side B

Haven't had many updates recently but I've heard Mimaroglu has the new Barn Owl LP in stock.

8mm have put the Virginia Genta / Chris Corsano LP up for sale. Got to be good, right?

Blackest Rainbow have a couple more releases: 'Cranberry Horn' by Pine Smoke Lodge and 'Eternal' by Mark Bradley.

Sound & Fury have got two discs, one from Morning Stalker and the other from Underlapper.

CaveLife: Slaughtering Dolphins - The Tropics
Infinite Body / Terrors - split/collaboration
Secret Abuse - Sink Like a Stone/Simple Test, Vol. 1
Human Hands - Silver Syrex Hyb

Glastonbury tickets went on sale today. Sold out in 15 hours. Didn't have a clue. Wahoo.